Quantum Yield of Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer Formation Via the Triplet Channel Determined by Photosensitization
UV-induced formation of the cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) lesion is investigated by stationary and time-resolved photosensitization experiments. The photosensitizer 2′-methoxyacetophenone with high intersystem crossing efficiency and large absorption cross-section in the UV-A range was used. A diffusion controlled reaction model is presented. Time-resolved experiments confirmed the validity of the reaction model and provided information on the dynamics of the triplet sensitization process. With a series of concentration dependent stationary illumination experiments, we determined the quantum efficiency for CPD formation from the triplet state of the thymine dinucleotide TpT to be 4 ± 0.2%.